While traveling you really need to use your laptop where no public WiFi available? Perhaps your home Internet connection is down? So no matter what the reason, and you have actually got an Android phone having an active mobile 3G or 4G data connection, you may share this with your own PC with tether feature. It will make it possible for you to use your Android network connection on your own computer. Generally, this is effective on any Windows-based Laptop and PC, on the other hand with Mac users are facing the problem while doing the same mainly because missing some critical USB network drivers. Here’s how to share Android data connection with Mac using USB tethering.
This sharing of connection could be done by using a few techniques: your gadget can behave like a wireless hotspot, where the signals can be transmitted through Bluetooth, or you may offer this connection by just plugging your device by using USB cable. The technique we’re showcasing works for almost any Android device. For Mac users there is a very good news that a developer called Joshua Wise designed a compatible driver for USB tethering known as HoRNDIS (horrendous).
Some description about HoRNDIS from developer site:
HoRNDIS (pronounce: “horrendous”) is a driver for Mac OS X that allows you to use your Android phone’s native USB tethering mode to get Internet access. It is known to work with Mac OS X versions 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) through 10.10 (Yosemite – see notes below), and has been tested on a wide variety of phones. Although you should be careful with all drivers that you install on your computer, HoRNDIS has been tested at least well enough for the author (and many others) to run full-time on their own personal computers.
Please note that
This comes at a cost. If you’ve got a limited data plan, you may find that you’ll eat up your monthly allotment much faster when tethered to a PC or Mac. If you’ve got an unlimited plan, go crazy!
How To Share Android Data Connection With Mac Using USB Tethering:
Follow these steps:
- Download and install the HoRNDIS on your Mac machine
Connect Android device to your Mac via USB cable
- Go-to the Android device “Settings -> More Wireless – > Wireless & Networks -> Tethering & Portable Hotspots”
- Just Tick on the “USB tethering” option here
- Now on Mac open System Preferences program and click on “Network“, here you will find your Android device with green dot (showing connected status) will appear in life side pane of the Network window just double-click on it.
You’ve connected to your device successfully and ready to share your Android data connection with Mac using USB tethering.